American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To misuse funds; embezzle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut off; take away or deduct a part of; curtail: used chiefly of money, accounts, rents, income, etc.
- To be guilty of defalcation; default in one's accounts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cut off; to take away or deduct a part of; -- used chiefly of money, accounts, rents, income, etc.
- v. To commit defalcation; to embezzle money held in trust.
- v. appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use
- 1530s, in sense “to lop off”, from Medieval Latin dēfalcātus, perfect passive participle of dēfalcō ("cut or lop off"), from Latin dē ("off") + falx ("sickle, scythe, pruning hook"), from which also English falcate ("sickle-shaped"). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin dēfalcāre, dēfalcāt-, to mow, deduct : Latin dē-, de- + Latin falx, falc-, sickle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Arab _Ar'ab_, not _arab_ arid _ar'id_ asphalt _asfalt_, not _fawlt_ bade _bad_ catch not _ketch_ defalcate _defal'kate_, not _fawl_ dilletante _dilletan'te_ forbade _forbad_ granary _granary_ program _pro'gram_, not _grum_ rapine _rap'in_ rational _rational_ sacrament _sacrament_”
“Jest like a criminal he skipped, an 'aimed to defalcate”
“An embezzler can not defalcate in Nova Scotia, lightly skip into Manitoba and put both provinces to expense and technical trouble apprehending him.”
“He has, more than another, the exalted sentiment of honor, but is lacking in the sense of simple honesty, and, circumstances favoring him, would defalcate and commit infamies which do not trouble his conscience, for he obeys without questioning the oscillations of his ideas, which are always impulsive.”
“No one can defalcate in this particular; no one can”
“What if all he says of the state of this balance were true? did not the same objections always lie to custom-house entries? do they defalcate more from the entries of 1766 than from those of 1754?”
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“This "Stimulus" Bill will defalcate the economy and defecate upon the people.”
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